World Photography Day: 10 Indian Instagramers You Must Follow

On World Photography Day, here are 10 Indian photographers on Instagram you must follow.

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
– Ansel Adams, Legendary photographer

Truer words have not been spoken. The art of photography has evolved and progressed to great heights – especially in the past couple of decades – but are you aware of its history?

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World.”

It came as little surprise to an already-photography-obsessed world when Instagram, launched in 2010, became an instant hit. The app enabled one to share pictures of everything from their meals to vain selfies. It also encouraged a whole new breed of photographers to emerge and existing ones to discover a whole new platform to showcase their body of work – all to connect with a larger audience.

This World Photography Day, we get you 10 Indian Instagramers who’ve given us their own unique glimpses of India.

Anil Sharma

A veteran photojournalist with a national daily, Anil Sharma has a keen eye for quirky news moments. He also has access to people who inhabit the power corridors of the country giving us a unique look at the who’s who of Indian politics.

Prime minister#manmohan singh#

A photo posted by Anil Sharma (@anilsharma07) on

#Mulyam singh yadav. @anilsharma07

A photo posted by Anil Sharma (@anilsharma07) on

Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh is more an artist than a photographer. She has a rich body of work spanning the last two decades.

#MuseumOfChance #whathappenedisthis

A photo posted by Dayanita singh (@dayanitasingh) on

#ahujaframers #archivalframers

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Hashim Badani

Badani is a regular contributor to Lonely Planet. He is also working on a book on Bombay’s Irani cafés.

A game of polo being played somewhere up north, in the holy mountains. #polo #mountains #karakoram #travel #sport

A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on

Himanshu Khagta

Himanshu Khagta spent the last few winters in the inhospitable Spiti area of Himachal Pradesh which remains cut off from the rest of the country when it snows.

Ravi Choudhary

Like Anil, Ravi is also a photojournalist with a national daily. His photographs offer a beautifully poignant look at the various facets of Indian life.

Asif Khan

Asif Khan’s photographs will captivate a wider audience than most – considering that he captures everything from architecture to travel. 

Ayesha Kapadia

Ayesha’s photographic acumen is interesting, in that she posts short videos on Instagram which are more like moving images.

City in my backpack.

A video posted by Ayesha Kapadia (@kometjuice) on

A video posted by Ayesha Kapadia (@kometjuice) on

Ritesh Uttamchandani

Ritesh is a Mumbai-based photo editor and writer. Take a look at his very Mumbai-centric array of images.

Seated outside a scrap dealer's warehouse in the eastern suburbs of Bombay, in the company of goats, men from the neighbourhood convene for their evening cup of tea. Inside the warehouse, sit the rusted, mangled remains of a charter plane that used be part of liquor baron Vijay Mallya's now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Any new, mildly observant person who passes by the road, like me, is bound to look twice. Initially one feels it's the front portion of a a vintage car, till one gets a glimpse of the front propellers. The man on the extreme left told me that the plane came to the warehouse a few months ago, in chunks, inside several pick up trucks. He also added that every time the rich try to eat with both their hands, which is against nature, they end up making losses beyond their control and capacity.

A photo posted by Ritesh Uttamchandani (@riteshuttamchandani) on

Last frame made after the end of an interview of actor Naseeruddin Shah at his residence in Bandra, Bombay. In an odd coincidence he played the role of a struggling photographer alongside Ravi Baswani and many other great actors in my favourite Hindi movie, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), an unhinged satire directed by Kundan Shah. While am no one to comment on the performing arts, Naseer Sahab, as most people call him, is probably one of the few people who know when to switch off the actor in them. During the pleasantly long interview at his home, he effortlessly hopped between being someone who avidly reads and was a friend of the writer Ismat Chugtai and someone who expresses and experiences the world by playing different characters. Pick up a copy of the next issue of @openmagazineindia to read a piece by @unnydivya on The Shah, his relationship with Chugtai and the plays he directs based on her short stories.

A photo posted by Ritesh Uttamchandani (@riteshuttamchandani) on

Naina Redhu

Naina is a photographer and blogger for luxury and lifestyle brands. She also has a keen eye for street fashion.

@sahaynikita for @gauriandnainika #SwarovskiCouture #SwarovskiCrystals #BMWIBFW #bmwindiabridalfashionweek

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#EyesForStreetStyle #Europe

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Siddhartha Joshi

Siddhartha is a travel blogger and photographer, skilled at bringing out human interest stories from across the country.

#TellMeYourDream2015 What is your dream? . "I dream to expand business and spread our own sewing machine brand - Satish. However, we will become only as big as our family can handle and not beyond." . 44 years back when Satish Shivaji Wanjale was born, his father had just decided to launch his own sewing machine and decided to name it after him. The brand still sells machines (though they are made in Delhi) and the brand lives on. He works in this repair shop with his younger brother and father and they all also live together as a joint family. Satish has always lived in Pune as Kothrud was their ancestral village before it got absorbed into Pune. He believes that Pune has now become a 'smart city', but the loss of greenery is unforgivable. He has a young three year old child. He wants him to finish his graduation and then join the family business. ---------- This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day. It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there. 13th August 2015

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#TellMeYourDream2015 What is your dream? . "I don't have a dream for myself, I just dream of happiness for my sons." . Munni lives in a small village called Rancha in the buffer area of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. She has a family of five sons and five daughters; the daughters are married and live with their husbands while sons live in the fields as its time for paddy right now. She never went to school but has been working all her life. She takes care of the house and the cattle in the family - takes them for grazing, milks them and so on. When she has time, she also paints on the walls of her house. The family has a few cows and buffaloes and the sell milk in the villages close by, apart from vegetables from their farms. ---------- This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day. It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there. 30th June 2015

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